In order to reinvent myself, it is a process of stripping away to get back to the roots of who I am.  The roots of my heart, my mind, and my body.  Who am I and who I am called to be.  To reinvent causes me to change.  It becomes a new and fresh lifestyle.  This is what I am learning now that I understand a little more about reinvention.  Everything I do now is to become a huge part of my lifestyle. 

In only a couple of weeks, I have changed the way I eat.  I have a health coach, Becky, who supports me and keeps me on track and put me on whole foods in capsule form.  Excuse what would seem like a commercial, but I have more energy, and focus, and far less pain.  My appetite for junk food is practically gone, and I am building muscle and losing fat.  She is the gift of encouragement and roots me on to reach my ultimate goal for a healthy life.   I have more time and energy to serve my family and others, and spend time building relationships.

Another area that has changed in my life is that I am rehearsing almost daily now in song building a strong repertoire of inspirational music that encourages and supports others along their journey of life, especially the veteran’s families.  I am hearing the progress in the strength of my voice as I practice more and more to achieve what I must in order to perform well.  In performance, everything from the top of your head to the souls of your feet matter.  The way you sing and enunciate words and hit the notes; the way you use your hands, and even your facial expressions matter. Then, of course, your appearance matters.

I am older and when I would look in the mirror I would see a life coach, but certainly not a singer.   I decided to be committed to lose the weight, and build muscle I need to in order to fit the natural frame of my body.  I have also changed my hair to fit the natural frame and structure of my face.  It makes all the difference.  Now when I look in the mirror, I am beginning to see a singer who can confidently stand in front of crowds of people and just give them my heart thru song without thinking about the way I look.  It’s not about changing myself physically to be high end.  It’s about living to my fullest potential with what I have been given, a smaller frame, with a heart shape face.  God knew what He was doing when He made me, and it is not for me to go against His design and plan for me.  For many years I struggled with the way I was made.  I wanted to be prettier, to be a little taller, for my eyes to be more bold blue, my nose to be smaller, my boobs to be bigger, my teeth to be whiter, and to be a size 0.  But I have learned to love the beautiful simplistic, but intricate details of myself and know that God says that “I am His workmanship created to do good things…’

Which leads me to the last but not least, my heart and my mind.  I cannot deny who I am, where I came from, and what I believe.  I am a Christian, a follower of the One who created me and made me to worship Him and to work according to the way He designed me.  Daily now I devote time to seeking out the Lord God for my strength to bear the weight He has called me to bear, to live to my fullest potential in His design for me, and to serve others in His great truth and love. 


Romans 12:2

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then, you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."




AshliDawn Bradshaw